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The solution to Israel's housing problem: Samaria

With 93% of Judea and Samaria unpopulated by either Jew or Arab, the potential exists to solve Israel's housing crisis.Raphael Poch, 12/21/2015, 10:11 PM

Yafo Arabs Tell Hamas They'll Fight Housing Plan

Popular council head gives interview to Hamas in which he blasts much needed construction plan as attempt to 'Judaize' city.Dalit Halevy, Ari Yashar, 5/27/2015, 8:18 AM

Uri Ariel to Leftists: Bring it On

Housing Minister dismisses criticism over housing, encourages right-wing voters to attend polls and the rally Sunday for a secure Israel.Shimon Cohen and Tova Dvorin, 3/15/2015, 11:56 AM

Herzog: Social Justice Before Defense

Labor leader claims Israel's economy is suffering due to overfocus on defense, vows only to raise defense budget if social needs are met.Tova Dvorin, 3/11/2015, 12:58 PM

Herzog Slams Government Money to 'Settlements'

Labor leaders blame housing crisis solely on Netanyahu, say that under their reign, money would be funneled to fix financial woes.Yedidya Ben-Or and Tova Dvorin, 2/26/2015, 3:41 PM

Lapid: Housing Crisis Caused by Netanyahu

Yesh Atid head urges the public to carefully read the State Comptroller's report on the housing crisis, to be published Wednesday.Shlomo Pitrikovski, 2/25/2015, 5:46 AM

Report: ILA Building Plans Could Harm Water Supply

ILA plans to build 40,000 apartments directly over Israel's most critical underground water source, opponents say.Tova Dvorin, 2/24/2015, 7:21 PM

Kahlon: Lapid Provided Zero Solutions

Kulanu head Moshe Kahlon attacks Yair Lapid for housing crisis, calls his tenure as Finance Minister 'risky gamble we're all paying for.'Cynthia Blank, 2/23/2015, 5:58 PM

Bennett: Lapid Responsible for Housing Crisis

Jewish Home Chairman criticizes Yair Lapid for housing crisis, says for past two years 'Israel has been held hostage to his whims.'Yoni Kempinski, Cynthia Blank, 2/23/2015, 4:21 PM

Kulanu: Lapid Responsible for Housing Crisis

Battle of the 'centrists': Lapid blames PM for crisis, thwarting Yesh Atid's attempts to fix it. Kulanu: Lapid isn't taking responsibility.Cynthia Blank, 2/22/2015, 1:50 PM

Kahlon's Party to Focus on Cost of Living, Housing

'The concept of 'monopoly' needs to disappear,' former Likud minister states, in remarks over plans for his new political party.Tova Dvorin, 12/3/2014, 3:53 PM

Research Shows Young Couples Struggle to Buy Homes

Prices soar with salaries not meeting the rise, leaving young couples less able to become homeowners amid noted gap in income brackets.Ari Yashar, 12/1/2014, 2:26 PM

Left Livid: 44 Roads Slated for Judea-Samaria

Is the 'covert' building freeze due to be torpedoed entirely? Half of long-standing plan for new roads approved as leftists fume.Tova Dvorin, 11/10/2014, 12:59 PM

Top 10% Make 8.5% More Than Bottom 10%: CBS

Israel's poor are not getting ahead - but they are not falling behind, either, new numbers from the Central Bureau of Statistics show.Moshe Cohen, 10/29/2014, 4:12 PM

Housing Crisis Deepens as Building Remains Frozen

Apartment prices jump 4.4% in second quarter of 2014 - price of new apartments up 13% - as Netanyahu's construction freeze continues.Ari Yashar, 10/1/2014, 3:15 PM

Conflict Erupts Over Solutions to Housing Crisis

Where to invest - that is the question. Housing and Finance Ministries face off over the better solution to the housing problem.Tova Dvorin, 5/13/2014, 9:56 AM

Minister Warns Israeli Sovereignty is in Danger

Housing minister tells Arutz Sheva about proposed terror deal, 2015 housing price drop; slams collective punishment in Yitzhar.Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar, 4/14/2014, 1:00 PM

Leftist Jerusalem Councilman Reports Construction

Meretz councilman Alalu says Israel plans 186 new Jewish housing units in eastern Jerusalem.Ari Yashar, 3/19/2014, 12:09 PM

Liberman: Give State Discounts for Young Parents

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman pushes VAT exemption for young apartment buyers, IDF vets; also subsidized daycare.Tova Dvorin , 3/5/2014, 8:31 PM

'There is No Chance of a Palestinian State'

Housing and Construction Minister Uri Ariel says Netanyahu appears to be standing up to US pressure on 'framework for peace.'Tova Dvorin , 3/4/2014, 1:18 PM

Jump in Settlement Building 'is an Illusion'

Yesha Council says statistics showing tremendous growth in Judea, Samaria is simply the result of a building freeze in the previous year.Tova Dvorin, 3/3/2014, 10:49 PM

Initiative: 10% of New Homes for Public Housing

Bill to mandate transitionary apartments for families in desperate need of public housing picks up speed, supporters in Knesset.Tova Dvorin, 2/14/2014, 12:29 PM

Housing Crisis Continues: Prices Up by Another 8%

Housing prices rose 8% in 2013. Price hike follows doubling in price over seven previous years.Maayana Miskin, 2/2/2014, 4:18 PM

Youth from Samaria Share Their Fears

Young Israelis from Samaria sit with MKs. Among their questions: after the army, where will I live?Maayana Miskin, 1/15/2014, 1:15 AM

Hareidi Media Attacks Housing Minister For Tenders

Hareidi papers slam Uri Ariel over Judea and Samaria construction plans, saying he's ignoring housing crisis among hareidi public.Ari Yashar, 1/12/2014, 4:38 PM

Lapid: Apartment Price Hike Dooms Next Generation

Finance Minister urges contractors in Monday afternoon speech to work with the government to lower real estate prices.Tova Dvorin, 12/16/2013, 8:40 PM

Jerusalem Hopes for End to ‘Ghost Apartments’

Deputy mayor expresses hope that higher taxes will make overseas owners think twice about leaving Jerusalem homes empty.Maayana Miskin, 12/10/2013, 4:06 PM

Tax On Empty Apartments Doubled by Finance C'tee

New rules unanimously approved on roughly 47,000 empty apartments to encourage renting or selling, help solve housing crisis.Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva Staff, 12/9/2013, 3:35 PM

Clashes as Immigrants Protest, ‘We’re Stuck’

Ethiopian immigrants say failure to update grants is leaving many in absorption centers. Nine arrested at protest.Maayana Miskin, 12/3/2013, 8:55 PM

Ariel, Yishai Pledge Further Cooperation

Housing Minister Uri Ariel and his predecessor, Eli Yishai, pledge continued cooperation over housing.Maayana Miskin, 11/27/2013, 2:44 PM

Ariel: Chinese Workers Could Lower Home Costs

Housing Minister Uri Ariel said that Israel would once again admit large numbers of Chinese building workers - if China were willing.David Lev, 11/21/2013, 3:29 PM

Ariel Reveals Emergency Cost-Lowering Plan

Housing Minister Uri Ariel commits to lowering prices by 2014, reveals ‘evict and build’ scheme.Maayana Miskin, 11/17/2013, 1:08 PM

Yesha Housing Starts More Than Double Last Year

Housing starts sank during the first half of 2012 in most areas of Israel – but they were way up in Judea and SamariaDavid Lev, 8/29/2013, 4:07 PM

Jerusalem Construction ‘a Drop in the Ocean’

City representative welcomes 200 new housing units, but says, ‘I would be happy if it were 8,000.’Maayana Miskin, 8/13/2013, 8:51 AM

Housing Prices Up by 100%, Activists Blame Bibi

Activist blames the Prime Minister for skyrocketing price of housing. ‘Homeowners in huge debt, nothing left to live on.’Maayana Miskin, 6/4/2013, 6:37 PM

Housing Prices Down Two Quarters in a Row

Housing costs are trending downward in Israel despite recent interest-rate cuts by the Bank of Israel.Gabe Kahn., 1/12/2012, 9:48 PM

Nine-Year Low in Apartment Sales

Sales drop by 32% as potential buyers hope for change. In central Israel, sales drop by over 60%.Maayana Miskin, 10/16/2011, 8:03 PM

IDF to Give Up Land?

Knesset State Control Committee to pressure IDF to give up land for housing projects.Gil Ronen, 8/16/2011, 8:38 AM

Protest: Give Bibi a Chance

Student rally supports both the housing protest and the prime minister. Maayana Miskin, 8/7/2011, 11:44 PM

Survey: What PA? Israelis Focused on Welfare

Most Israelis see socio-economic issues as the country's top concern, while only 11% see talks with the PA as the most pressing issue.Maayana Miskin, 8/5/2011, 12:40 PM

No Confidence Motions Discussed

Opposition discussed no confidence motions as social protest groups begin bickering. PM: "Jabotinsky believed in free market".Gabe Kahn., 8/1/2011, 10:06 PM

Netanyahu Defends IDF Budget

PM Binyamin Netanyahu defended his fiscal reforms - and the defense budget - as 'social protests' enter doldrums.Gabe Kahn., 8/1/2011, 9:13 PM

Housing Protests Saturday

Tens of thousands of demonstrators gathered around the country to protests Israel's high cost of living.Gabe Kahn., 7/30/2011, 10:16 PM

TA 29th Most Expensive City

Protesters complaining about the high cost of housing in Tel Aviv are not imagining it. But do they have to live there?David Lev, 7/27/2011, 4:16 AM

MK Rips Israel's Cement Monopoly

Besides high land prices and tight demand, cement, produced by Israeli monopoly Nesher, is a culprit as well, says MK Einat Wilf.David Lev, 7/27/2011, 1:15 AM

PM Puts Housing First

Prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu cancelled a diplomatic visit to Poland in order to deal with Israel's hot-button housing crisisGabe Kahn., 7/25/2011, 8:18 PM